tv [untitled] August 2, 2012 11:30pm-12:00am EDT
is this it. do they live here. you know i did see of my has been away from his home village of unfrosted in ukraine for nearly thirty years. in the spring of one thousand nine hundred three he was drafted into the soviet army and sent to afghanistan almost as soon as he arrived he was taken prisoner. for. my guys there to get an id. this is the first time he's been home after all those years. when he left his cousin the tasha was twenty nine years old now she's fifty eight.
is this your son what's his name bigger polo eager. aloha low. value his father sister will soon be eighty. and. you know it is more jedi and captors gave him the muslim name of nicam and that he reluctantly takes his six year old son to this hill on the outskirts of conducing where the remnants of soviet tanks can be found scattered all over the site. i still have vivid memories of those events even though twenty years have passed i saw our tanks and soldiers being blown up but i couldn't do anything about it i was
being held prisoner. on that ill fated day in one thousand nine hundred three you know he left his unit without permission. he claims he was drunk and simply wanted to see people praying in the local mosque suddenly the moshe dean overpowered him and put a bag over his head. they hit me over the head and knocked me unconscious but nonetheless i have lived a full life here for thirty years. the soviet war in afghanistan lasted for ten years the u.s.s.r. had brought a communist regime to power and then provided it with economic and military aid to support resulted in nearly fifteen thousand soviet soldiers dead some fifty thousand wounded with more than three hundred missing and assumes to be traitors united sam was one of those. out of the major had deemed tried to force me to fight on their side but i didn't love
them more than one of the put a gun in my hands but i never fired a single shot. this is what going to look like when he was sent off to join the soviet army next to canady is his brother who was only eleven years old at the time . years later you know the nickname out was able to find his brother's address and phone number. but it hi dear brother. do you want me to come and see your will you be waiting for me. after thirty years . has resulted returned to his native ukraine the u.s.s.r. is gone and he's only just learned that the soviet union had declared an amnesty for both prisoners of war and desert as. ok dear sir. i'll be there for at least two weeks. hope to see you soon. a short while before leaving afghanistan. makes
a video of his family and everyday life he wants to show it to his brother. this is the main street. now we are approaching my home. for nearly thirty years you know he lived in lodgings in afghanistan only recently was he able to raise enough money to buy a small plot of land and build a clay house. together it cost three thousand dollars. his family has only just moved in even though it's not quite finished yet. but now this is where all our plates are right now dust thing need to be cleaned and stored properly. now sir this is where we sleep and eat in the evenings when it's too hot inside. can only make about has spent much more of his life in afghanistan than in his native ukraine he got married and he and his wife have had four kids this is my
youngest daughter. is fifteen years old she doesn't look as much like an afghan child as going to these other children she has freckles a pale face and blue eyes quite typical of ukrainian girl. do you know who this is. it's my little boy some adjoin. he's six years old he's just started school but. you know he's eldest daughter is seventeen chill soon leave her parents' home to go to kabul to get married. her parents are making preparations for the wedding ceremony. for long now sergei let's go into this room please let me introduce you to my wife her name is you. nick when i married you ever when she was only fifteen years old twenty one years on they're still together their first child was born shortly after the marriage his father nicknamed him. yes it's now sergei let me show you
a few other of just just a moment. you know the nick moment has taught his son a few russian phrases so he can greet his relatives in ukraine. you know thirty ok fyodor say i want to come and visit you in ukraine ukraine. matt is dying to go to ukraine as soon as possible the moment comes early in the morning when his youngest son summer john woke up the boy couldn't understand why his father was leaving and for how long he would be away. bust into tears she worries that her father may never come back. you know his wife is firmly opposed to the idea of her husband visiting his home country she thinks
he'll succumb to nostalgia and might never return. to. accompany his father all the way to the border with tajikistan which used to be part of the soviet union. hopes that he will be able to leave afghanistan with his father. it makes me happy to know that at long last my father is gone to he's home country. god willing i might go there is some time to. well i don't know what is more important to me my home country or my family i hope that things work out somehow. the thought of chicago banda is on the border of afghanistan and. can i do anything about bin farewell to his son or to this bridge we're on takes us across the border. he's waited
twenty nine years for the opportunity to cross the bridge between these two countries the most it's a short distance of five hundred meters going on it's a lifetime. there well afghanistan. now world. it takes five hours to fly to kiev and another one and a half the done yet so you know i didn't count take his eyes away from the window thirty years ago he flew the same route but in the other direction. i'm flying into a new life. as the plane approaches only a few minutes remain before he's able to step on his native soil he's long for this moment throughout his years of captivity in afghanistan. hello mother land. i've been away for twenty nine years.
going out is brother serger lives in total seventy kilometers from the nearest. you know he last saw him just before he left for the army so i was a young boy there. more and i come in. one may i know it's you brother come in come in l o. o o has never believed that his brother betrayed the soviet union to side with the dean. highland miller welcomed the welcome. coming dear. initially letters from his army unit said was missing later they claimed he'd gone over to the afghan side but surrogate was somehow sure the truth would come out one day and they would see each other again. let me hug
a brother. or. dump will look like. i was your heart my heart's bonding reform i went out for a smoke but my hands are still shaking. the following morning they head to the village of a loss of where the two brothers spent their childhood it was from there the gennady nick moment was drafted into the army as he walks around the streets of a vivid memories of those distant times when he was simply a boy called going to. my sweet home was if. it was even after so many years i have no difficulty finding my home across the ravine turn on pushkin street and then turn on the right just like that their old street looks just as it did thirty years ago there's still no asphalt only old people live in the neighborhood now all the young people have moved to the big cities you know the
nickname at the scene but it's hard to live both in condos and cross of. our houses all run down that was not even being painted. maybe they have no money. this was the house canady make them out lived in before heading to afghanistan he adores every single no can cranny and it. worked before but i used this window to get in and out. the home was sold after both their parents died and surrogate moved to taurus. right nobody in the world if there is nobody bought let's go all the. you know his parents didn't live long enough to welcome him back. this is the first time that cannot enigma at the scene the graves of the people he loved.
her fellow father. i'm so sorry i couldn't see you when you were still alive. back in one thousand nine hundred one cannot his parents were told their son was still alive. imprisoned in afghanistan. and pleaded with me to come back home but no i could never do it or were you. going to his father died a few years later what a shame well good bye dad where well. his mother died shortly afterwards she was buried close to her husband.
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a few of his relatives are still alive hello some guests soon. don't be afraid it's our dog. dear me it's a good. hello and mila. welcome sweetheart. when you know the nickname that plays his video from afghanistan this is the first time that his relatives can see how he's lived during all those years away from home rather than. here we are surrogate coming into the house it's my home my afghan home here's one room and here's the corner or there's no running water no sewerage and no heating only the super rich in afghanistan can afford such luxuries but can only make matters pleased with what he has at least he earns what little there is. it
was when we marry off eyes the law allows the couple to live in this room here. let's check it out you know have the president was to be married to but no date has yet been set for the wedding ceremony right now he's the only breadwinner for the family every other week he works in a fuel supply company for three hundred dollars a month his father used to work as a truck driver later he was a translator from dari persian into russian now he has difficulty walking to the market because of a problem with his leg well this way. you know to make me mad really go shopping there's only just enough money for food three hundred dollars isn't much in afghanistan much. of her life is hard enough gammas down everything costs a pretty penny and i've run up a dept of two thousand dollars for the house and repairs but i can't possibly repay it. as going to the nic i'm out one is between the stalls
it occurs to him that such markets with an abundance of oriental goods only appeared recently the taliban had banned the use of t.v. sets and even mobile phones now condos has developed a taste for the peaceful life. do you want to go. over little kids still enjoying playing with toys from yesteryear going to mc limit hasn't held one of these in his hands for many years. yet. another present is a yes man for going out he's eldest daughter yes max cost nine dollars apiece women in kunduz still cover their faces with veils the ladies of fashion in the capital kabul can afford to wear a regular headscarf and the women have to cover their faces after all this is a muslim country my daughter will have to follow this tradition too because she is
now a grown up woman. on his way back the nickname at once to buy some food he hunts around the stalls seeing who has the cheapest price for minced meat and tenderloin. there are no fridges here. the meats it's out in temperatures of over forty five degrees celsius. you know to make me mad doesn't have enough money to get a fridge yet instead he buys ice at the local market. today going to look forward to a feast meatballs with potatoes just like he used to have back in ukraine his wife cooks it up for him just based with her husband he's caring and very generous
should have been following being together for more than twenty years my neighbors friends and relatives still think my husband is a russian afghan men often beat their wives up he has never done that. there are neither chairs nor tables and going out in the women's health like all afghan muslims the family sits on the floor at meal times when food was scarce they often ate nothing but flat cakes for weeks on end. up. biting never stops in afghanistan. there was one war there will be another. life there is no life at all. i need to get the hell out of there. at one point. began to seriously consider the prospect of returning home for good nearly every night he saw his village in his dreams the clinic the dam the bus
terminal and the chestnut tree near the bus stop. the nick we met was a young man when he left his country now he's so old that his cousin didn't even recognize him when he visited her at work bothered you come over please. somebody is here to see you. do you recognize me. is this her sergei. or she doesn't recognize me. well most of truthful i think she's in shock. it's not a dream. when going out in the room at left his home for the army natasha was only eight years old i've seen all of you at last. his relatives still see him as the young man they knew before he left and
a happy to see him back they refused to believe that he might once have been a traitor shooting a fellow soldiers as far as his relatives are concerned he returned home from war after thirty years of absence. oh dear my dear my god welcome back my darling. it's hard for you to stand up. rumors about going out to make them at home coming quickly spread around the village of friends of friends and neighbors who were also in the army turned out to see him. at. the polo guys.
i'm not speaking to you. can only make me mad but not expected this sort of welcome . i can greet your brother first tell us what he did in afghanistan all those years then we'll decide whether or not we can shake hands it's only natural. we. should we address you again nerdy it was your name and now. i'm still going out and. he thought the soviet afghan war was over and done with a long time ago. but they too had fought in afghanistan and wanted to know what gennady nick might have been doing in enemy trenches. forgive me but you see all of us here have their own story to tell i for one was wounded and a concussion and so on when i came back i weighed fifty five kilos so we want to hear your story let's do it later we haven't seen him for twenty nine years.
this is a good early sistas lead him away to a party celebrating his return the soldiers who had fought in afghanistan we get no answer to that question what they wanted to know whether going to the mic moment was a traitor to his unit ritual anyone who was among the mujahideen would have been dead if he had not adopted their faith and had not fired on soviet troops that's the crux the of. matter this man lived in condos but we lost four men in fighting there how can i forgive him. men who went to afghanistan from the unprocessed reason died in the soviet afghan war a monument commemorating them stands on the avenue of heroes tonight in equipment never visited. when you know he was still in afghanistan a russian gave him a recording of
a song it's about a pilot flying home the bodies of soldiers killed in afghanistan in russia the song has become a hymn to all those who lost their lives in the afghan war. this avoid graves that got him removed. here it is good news to. grow schemes that are need some news sure that he did you should come wave short and i'm very glad you. get those. tonight in a moment was dreamed of this reunion for twenty nine years all of his surviving ons sisters and brothers gathered together. i'm so happy to see you in our country twenty nine years on. i'm very glad for all of us here
thank you very much. i think everything will be ok. with old photos dating back to when they and their parents were still young and brought out. they're from a time when all of them thought they would always be together yeah. i think that's you and i together that's a nice picture. and these pictures shows all of us. probably it was some kind of celebration. into you know the nickname at shows the video of his life in afghanistan when he called his home in condos the day before he learned of the house had been given a facelift and all their belongings had been moved into it his wife and four children expect him to come back he can't abandon them. before heading back to afghanistan cannot in a minute drive to
a field to reflect even though he spent the first eighteen years of his life in ukraine and thirty in afghanistan he's a stranger in both countries. to the latter he's a sure are we fast the name for soviet soldiers in afghanistan well to some in ukraine is a desert. he still can't decide for himself whether he's a traitor or a victim of circumstance was it better that he survived or should he have ended up just another unknown soldier lost in the turmoil of war. wealthy british style. is not on the title of.